By Cairo Scene
Dina Ayman, aka ‘Egypt’s Microsoft girl’, is going to take part in the Miss New Jersey USA beauty pageant. Having been named in Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list for Enterprise Technology back in December, Ayman is a programme manager at Microsoft and an adjunct professor in computer engineering at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. She’s grabbed attention of Americans and Egyptians alike for dominating and raising awareness of inequality in a field where women make up just 7% of the demographic – even less are Muslim women, at that.
Ayman took to her Facebook page to announce the move, writing that “being a woman in technology made me appreciate being a minority advocating for women empowerment and diversity and inclusion and I’m so excited to work on the two with Miss USA.”
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Born in Alexandria, Ayman graduated from the New Jersey Institute of Technology in 2018 with a Master’s degree in computer engineering. She is currently the youngest professor of computer engineering at the university, as well as an ambassador for Haya Karima, Egypt’s national initiative to combat poverty across the country